Trump meets Kim Jong-un; Astros 11-game streak; The best week in sports

Jeremy returns to the podcast to discuss his recent engagement before he dives into a conversation with Austin on the recent summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Then, the duo discusses the Astros 11-game winning streak including the offensive outburst led by DH Evan Gattis.

The show wraps by dissecting the best week in sports including thoughts on the World Cup, Landon Donovan, and the U.S. Open.

The Atlantic’s David Graham on Trump v. Bannon; Rockets defensive woes; Art Briles

The Atlantic’s David Graham joins Austin and Jeremy to discuss Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” which profiles the Trump administration, and the schism between Donald Trump and his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Graham also offers his analysis on the reception from the American electorate on the latest tax legislation and foreign policy issues that could impact the U.S. in 2018.

To open the show, Hunter makes his triumphant return to breakdown the defensive woes facing the Houston Rockets as they’ve dropped seven of their last nine games, and what the team needs to do in order to contend with the Warriors in the Western Conference. Then, the guys discuss the NFL Playoffs, Monday’s showdown between Alabama and Georgia, Jon Gruden’s $100 million contract, the questionable hiring of Kendal Briles at U of H, and Art Briles resurfacing at the AFCA convention in Charlotte.

Trump + North Korea; Astros Slumping; Terror in Charlottesville

Austin and Jeremy open the show by discussing the war of words between The White House and the North Korea, and what it means for regional stability for the U.S. and its allies. Then, the guys talk key surprises during preseason football and celebrate that college football is just two weeks away.

Hunter Atkins and Derek Fogel then join Austin in studio to analyze the faltering Astros and whether or not they can regain their composure and winning ways heading into the postseason. Derek also offers his expert analysis on the mental and physical strain of the bullpen, and why they could be the key to success in October. Derek is a total pro — his insight is a must listen.

The show closes as Austin and Jeremy discuss the domestic terrorism in Virginia and whether or not President Trump responded in an appropriate manner.

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The NBA at the All-Star Break; Tony Romo to Texans? The future of journalism

Austin and Kevin are all alone in the studio this week, with Jeremy and Hunter out, and they dive headfirst into a smorgasbord of topics: CBS’ recent NBA all-time top-50 players list; what is going to happen with Tony Romo, and is there any chance he’s a Houston Texan by the time next season rolls around? (Austin says, ‘yeah,’ and Kevin says, ‘no chance’); the brother of North Korea’s Glorious Leader Kim Jong-Un was assassinated by a woman who believed she was competing on a prank show, per The Guardian – Austin has some thoughts on what exactly is taking place behind the scenes; One Texas State legislator introduced some ludicrous anti-emoji legislation which natch led Austin and Kevin into a discussion of some of the weirder/crazier laws on the books in Texas today; finally, the guys take a look at Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto and the future of journalism.

VYPE Houston’s Matt Malatesta; Houston chef Jonny Rhodes; Kevin Kiley on Kathryn Smith; a UVA student held hostage in North Korea; NBA All-Star reserve picks

Matt Malatesta, Editor-in-Chief and cofounder of VYPE Magazine, calls in ahead of National Signing Day (February 3) to talk about the fertile recruiting bed that is Houston, sharing some of his insights into covering high school sports and recruiting, and illuminating some of the most exciting athletes he’s seen and covered, both this season and in years past (and you better believe Matt brings up podcast-favorite, Kentucky commit and Cy Lakes senior De’Aaron Fox).

Austin, Jeremy and Kevin are intrigued by the story of UVA student Otto Warmbier, currently detained in North Korea for a “hostile act” against the state with the goal of “bringing down the foundation of its single-minded unity,” (whatever that means) and get into the advisability of traveling in a country with what can be fairly called a problematic attitude towards foreigners.

The guys also explore the regrettable, misogynistic ranting from Cleveland-area radio host Kevin Kiley, who blasted Rex Ryan and the Bills on his show this week in response to their hiring of Kathryn Smith as special teams quality-control coach, the first woman with a full-time NFL coaching position. Kiley manages to make Don Draper look like Eleanor Roosevelt with his ugly outburst, and the feminist watchdogs at The Weekly Brew are all over it.

Houston-area chef — and ex-marine — Jonny Rhodes calls in to promote his new Jensen Chronicles pop-up series of events, in which he takes over a restaurant, providing a menu (and dishes) that are entirely locally sourced, drawing on his experience in Afghanistan and the middle east to put together a delectable menu that Houstonians are sure to enjoy.

Finally, Kevin attempts to break down the latest NBA news, including analyzing the All-Star starters and giving his reserve picks, but is forced to do so entirely alone, a scary and uncomfortable experience for him, though he soldiers on through it commendably.

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